Posted by: livingscripture | January 4, 2017

Wednesday before Epiphany


WORD of the DAY

Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.   He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).  Then he brought him to Jesus.  Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).         (John 1, 40-42)

 How shall I live this Word?star 5

One of the first things John describes in his Gospel is the reaction of some to the words and presence of Jesus.  At the start of His manifestations, Jesus immediately attracts the attention of various young people like Andrew who, with one of his friends, followed Jesus to His home.  It will be an unforgettable experience for Andrew.  He immediately perceives that Jesus is the Messiah so long expected.  He goes to his brother and tells him of the encounter.  Peter comes to Jesus through this mediation.  His brother had already prepared the way.  He had already planted the idea that He is the Messiah and Peter gives his immediate adhesion.  Their life changes.  They leave their daily occupations and dedicate themselves to listening to this Person; they follow Him wherever He goes and share with Him a mission that becomes more and more intense, organized, and explicit.  Even though they are adults, already defined in their work and their relationships, knowing Jesus re-designs their existence beginning with a call, with a new invitation.

Lord, we too are already well-defined, even in traits that are our vocation.  Come and make us know You.  Scan our certainties and allow that our existence as well may make room for Your call and be re-modeled on Your voice so that Your desires will be ours and our fulfillment will be Your will.

The Voice of a Theologian

What is a vocation?  The Lord does not call us to do things, but calls us to remain with Him, to ‘be’ like Him.  For this reason, an important task in the vocational journey, in discernment, is that of knowing Jesus Christ.  For some, it is the desired goal after having at times traveled tortuous up-hill roads.  For others, it is a gift received from the beginning without difficulty or complications, naturally.  For everyone, it must be the most important task of their life.

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